National Geographic : 1930 May
©Lionel Green ONCE A BARREN, PIRATE-INFESTED ISLAND, HONG KONG IS NOW ONE OF THE GREAT PORTS OF THE WORLD Nearly a century ago Great Britain obtained complete possession of the island and set about developingthe city of to-day. Ithas become the prin cipal ocean gateway to the markets of South China. Thousands of vessels call here each year. Across thenarrow channel, on the mainland, lies Kow loon. While in this harbor, 25 years ago, Mr. Taft, then Secretary of War, was warned by the Viceroy ofCanton that, because of anti-American feeling, it would not be safe for his party to visit that city (see text, page 577).